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WAC 2007 Spring Games Wrapup
Posted May 1, 2007

Quick looks at what happened in all the WAC spring games

By John Harris

2007 Preseason Lookaheads - WAC 

Boise State – In a nail-biter between the Bronco offense and the defense, it was a four-yard reception on fourth and four that sealed the 27-26 win for the offense.  A defensive stop would’ve won the game for the Broncos, but quarterback Mike Coughlin hit Sherm Blaser for the first down to keep the defense off the board.  The battle for the starting quarterback position remained unsettled as the quarterbacks combined to complete only 19-of-40 passes during the scrimmage.

Idaho – In Robb Akey’s debut as Vandal head coach, the Silver and Gold game had good and bad on both sides of the ball.  Akey’s first task will be finding an adequate signal caller from the trio of Nathan Enderle, Luke Tracy and Brian Nooy.  Enderle threw two picks in the game, while Tracy and Nooy completed eight of 12 throws for 159 yards passing.

New Mexico State – With no passes thrown by record setting quarterback Chase Holbrook, it’s not surprising that the defense dominated the offense in Crimson Bowl III winning 70-17.  The defensive unit that struggled much of last season registered ten sacks and three picks against Hal Mumme’s Air Raid offense.

Utah State – The Aggie defense dominated much of the final scrimmage of spring practice, as it kept the Aggie ‘O’ off the scoreboard.  Until the red zone portion of the scrimmage commenced.  Then, three different Aggie quarterbacks led drives into the end zone, as the offense scored four straight times on the Aggie ‘D’ from inside the red zone. 

San Jose State – The 2006 season was highlighted by solid play from the offense, but if the annual spring game is any indication, the defense will get much of the publicity entering the 2007 season.  The talented San Jose State secondary picked off SJSU quarterbacks three times to lead the defense to a 36-22 victory.  The three interceptions accounted for 21 points in the modified offense-defense scoring system.

Hawaii – Guess what the Warriors did during their scrimmage?  How about throw the football?  The potent offense from 2006, led by Heisman candidate Colt Brennan, was back in front of 3,200 fans, getting its work done during the Ohana Festival that concluded Hawaii’s spring practice for 2007.  Brennan got his usual amount of practice reps, then signed autographs all night long for the adoring public.

Nevada – No Jeff Rowe?  No problem.  Sophomore signal caller Nick Graziano completed ten-of-13 passes for 150 yards, in addition to 24 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to lead Chris Ault’s Pistol offense.  The annual Silver and Blue spring scrimmage turned into a showcase for Graziano and the offense, as that unit recorded four scores on 12 drives.

Fresno State – The closing scrimmage of the spring was a strong step in the positive direction for Pat Hill’s Bulldogs after a rough 2006 season.  With Dwayne Wright on his way to Buffalo, the quarterbacks, Tom Brandstater and Ryan Colburn, had to step up and take control of the offense.  Luckily for Bulldog players and supporters, they did, each throwing for more than 100 yards during the scrimmage.

Louisiana Tech – Down 24-14 in the annual T-Day game, the White team looked to be eating hot dogs and chips, the fare for the losers of the annual game.  But, behind quarterback Ross Jenkins, the White rallied late to win 28-27 over the Blue, earning a steak dinner in the process.  Jenkins completed 50% of his throws for 136 yards and led the White on two of the team’s three scoring drives.


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